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The Center for Hearing & Speech improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay, and continually striving to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region.
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that reduces the impact communication disorders—the nation’s No. 1 disability—can have on the health and well being of individuals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat, and prevent communication disorders by offering speech-language and audiology services to infants, children, and adults, whether or not they have the insurance and/or financial resources to afford these services. On-site and outreach efforts provide identification and treatment of communication problems among needy and low-income populations who would not otherwise have access to such services.
Founded in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing, the agency originally focused on the social and financial needs of people with hearing loss. By the 1930’s it had developed into a full service audiology clinic offering community education and screenings, evaluations, and treatment options for those with hearing problems. In 1965, the agency added services to individuals with speech disorders. In 1969, the Center developed the School Screening Program to provide hearing and vision tests for area students. The Center’s services expanded over the years to include diagnostic testing and the dispensing of hearing aids in 1975. Today, the Center is an established and unique facility for audiology and speech-language pathology, serving more than 10,000 individuals annually.